Two teams of authorized assist attorneys on strike this week

Tons of of putting authorized assist attorneys are strolling out this week, with one group of 200 attorneys strolling out Monday and Tuesday and the opposite group of 210 attorneys doing the identical on Wednesday and Thursday.

Demonstrations in entrance of courthouses throughout Quebec, in entrance of ministers’ workplaces and in entrance of the Nationwide Meeting, are additionally on the agenda.

The authorized assist attorneys are demanding parity with felony and penal prosecutors.

“It’s a perilous train that must be repeated on the finish of every collective settlement, at every deadline. Then the Crowns get their wage will increase, their new working situations. And we, on the authorized assist degree, as protection counsel, should justify on a regular basis why our work is simply as laborious and simply as essential as that of the Crowns. The train is at all times to be began once more,” mentioned Daniel Lessard, vice-president of the Federation of Authorized Help Legal professionals, in an interview .

He affirms that his group, which is unbiased of the central labor our bodies, should use strain ways to vary the federal government’s place.

Based on him, Quebec is providing a 2 per cent enhance per yr, the identical as what it has paid to all authorities workers. For the fourth yr, a committee could be shaped to find out the wage enhance to be paid.

The Federation of Authorized Help Legal professionals factors out that Crown attorneys have obtained 2.5 per cent per yr for 4 years.

“It is necessary for authorized assist to have lawyer retention. There’s a predicted exodus of attorneys from authorized assist to prosecution as a result of it pays higher. We would like a powerful and competent authorized assist community. We wish to retain the very best attorneys in our community and one of many methods to do that is thru parity,” mentioned Lessard.

The members of his federation will maintain demonstrations on Wednesday morning in entrance of regional courthouses in Quebec Metropolis, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Mauricie-Bois-Francs, the North Shore, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, the Outaouais and the South Shore of Montreal .

On Thursday, they’ll stroll out all day and reveal in Quebec Metropolis and Longueuil.

They are going to have used a day-and-a-half of their three-day strike mandate.

On Monday and Tuesday, authorized assist attorneys affiliated with the Federation of Professionals, affiliated with the CSN, will likely be on strike of their respective areas.

Their demand is similar as for wage parity with felony and penal prosecutors.

Authorized assist attorneys characterize financially eligible residents in matrimonial, civil, psychological well being, youth safety, felony and younger offender protection instances.


— This report by The Canadian Press was first printed in French on June 6, 2022.